Once a year, BMW enthusiasts from all over the west coast make the trip to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California. Bimmerfest is one of the largest BMW gatherings in the world with hundreds of BMW’s in attendance. With a car show and a huge parking lot full of enthusiast builds, Bimmerfest 2019 proved to be one of the biggest yet. All those in attendance had the chance to walk through the lot, taking a look at all the various BMW’s that had driven in. The main attraction of course is the vendor area, which was home to some of the wildest BMW’s at the show. The vendors were out in full force this weekend as well, with booths filled to the brim with eye catching cars and products on display. BMW USA was even kind enough to bring out the full suite of their most current line of M performance machines.
Bimmerfest is and always has been a family friendly event, with plenty of fun for everyone, even the furry members of the family. With over 10 different food trucks, there was something to eat or drink for everyone in attendance as well. There were so many food options and lines as long as the eye could see. The food and drink selection was wonderful and provided the entire show with some great flavors and refreshment. It was so nice to walk around the lot, the show and the paddock to see the whole family really enjoying the time spent together. Watching dogs enjoy the sun and the attention from passers by, and watching all the kids point and yell when they saw a car they loved. Seeing so many enthusiasts come together to share in this passion that we all have for cars was something I am happy to be a part of.
One of the great parts about hosting an event like this at AutoClub is that throughout the course of the show, spectators can walk over to the paddock and spectate the local trackday. This event was hosted by SpeedVentures and saw Round 4 of Bimmer Challenge take place. Bimmer Challenge is a BMW specific time attack series held by some track day enthusiasts in the community and is sponsored by some of the biggest brands in the BMW aftermarket industry. With trophies given out to the podium spots in each class, it is a great incentive to go out to the track and compete with friends. This series has grown a lot over the years and hosts a wide range of BMW’s, from mostly stock E46 sedans, to fully track prepared F82 M4’s.
Bimmerfest is much different when compared to the typical track day, in that there is so much more to see and to do between sessions. What sets Bimmerfest apart is having such a large number of spectators at the event, walking the paddock and checking out all the track cars. This was a great way to see some of your favorite cars from social media in action, and to meet the owners and chat about their experiences with these cars. My time between sessions was spent simply walking the show, speaking to vendors and meeting new and old friends. It was a great experience and I can’t wait for next year!